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The course requirements for veterinary school vary by school, so it is highly recommended that a student make an appointment with the Pre-Veterinary coach prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for veterinary school. A pre-professional coach will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action. Contact our CDE Pre-Professional Team with questions via email or to schedule a coaching appointment on Handshake.

Ross University Veterinary Medicine Academic Course Requirements

The list below provides a guideline for courses that Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Requires. Due to our affiliation agreement with Ross University, students must complete these courses successfully and then will apply to Ross University via VMCAS or their university website. 


Inro to Biology I with Lab

  • BIO 200/201

Inro to Biology II with Lab

  • BIO 202/203

General Chemistry I with Lab

  • CHM 261/266

General Chemistry II with Lab

  • CHM 262/267

Organic Chemistry I with Lab

  • CHM 331/336

College Physics I with Lab or Physics with Biomedical Applications I with Lab

  • PHY 221or 231

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Biochemistry I 

  • BIO 306 or CHM 402

  • Students opting for Biochemistry I must also complete Organic Chemistry II

Cell Biology or Genetics

  • SBIO 308/309 or BIO 310/311

English Composition I

  • ENG 101


  • Students are encouraged to take at least one Math course between Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics

Nine semester hours of electives

  • Students choose at least one from the approved list: Comparative Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Physiology, Microbiology, Foreign Language, Public Speaking, Introduction to Business


Additional Course Recommendations:

For detailed descriptions of these and other courses, refer to the Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine Prerequisites

Additional Information about Veterinary Medicine Academic Course Requirements:

Many students apply to multiple veterinary medical schools. Each school has their own requirements and the above list is not comprehensive for all veterinary schools and programs. Each school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools they plan to apply to. 

For specific information about individual veterinary school course prerequisites, consult one of the schools listed at American Association for Veterinary Medical Colleges.

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